Thrift Savings Plan options available to Airmen

By by Airman 1st Class Staci Miller: 52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany — The Thrift Savings Plan is a government-managed, 401k-type payroll-deduction program designed to provide tax-deferred retirement plan for servicemembers and federal civilian employees. Military members can contribute any whole percentage of basic pay, as long as the annual total […]

City council to update improvement plan

Freedom New Mexico The Portales City Council will take public comments and also plans to vote on what to include in its Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan. It’s part of the council’s agenda for a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday — a day earlier in the week than normal. The plan designates which improvements in roads, […]

National health plan won’t hit TRICARE

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist President Obama says his push to reform the nation’s health care system will not diminish health benefits for service families or retirees who use TRICARE, or for veterans who rely on VA hospitals and clinics. In fact, he suggested, as health reform takes hold across the country, veterans who, for […]

No tolerance for opponents of health reform

Freedom New Mexico The ongoing debate over the White House health-care plan has revealed the ugly dark side of this administration. We now see that behind President Barack Obama’s soothing words and talk about ameliorating differences is a man and his allies who disdain their opponents and have little tolerance for freewheeling public debate. We’re […]

No money to pay survivor benefits

By Tom Philpott: Military update It can be a frustrating time of year for 54,000 military widows who see their Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) payments wiped out or reduced by the monthly amount they receive in Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) from the Department of Veterans Affairs. As it has done routinely in recent years, […]

School board to meet

PNT Staff Report The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education is set to have a special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in the district administration building. The agenda includes a technology plan addendum, the personnel report and budget adjustment and cash transfer requests.

Health plan may be harder to fund than thought

Freedom New Mexico After a period in which his administration declined to get too involved in the details of a planned major overhaul of the way health care is delivered — presumably to avoid the mistakes of the first Clinton administration when Congress was presented a detailed plan concocted largely behind closed doors and didn’t […]

Cannon growth plan outlined

Housing, mental health services, public transportation, future water availability and recreation are among items in the area that need improvement, according to a growth management plan released Monday. The Regional Growth Management Plan is aimed at evaluating the communities within Curry and Roosevelt counties and their needed responses to growth at Cannon Air Force Base. […]

Airman preferences surveyed

By Sharna Johnson:Freedom New Mexico The majority of airmen who could call Cannon Air Force Base home in the future are married and have more than one child, and almost 30 percent plan to buy another home if they relocate to Cannon, according to a survey conducted to plan for a growing military community. The […]

Growth plan highlights housing, mental health challenges

CNJ staff Housing, mental health services, public transportation, future water availability and recreation are among items in the area that need improvement, according to a growth management plan released Monday. The Regional Growth Management Plan is aimed at evaluating the communities within Curry and Roosevelt counties and their needed responses to growth at Cannon Air […]

Survey: Majority of potential Cannon airmen have families

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The majority of airmen who could call Cannon Air Force Base home in the future are married and have more than one child, and almost 30 percent plan to buy another home if they relocate to Cannon, according to a survey conducted to plan for a growing military community. […]

Portales firefighters plan open house

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer As Portales Fire Chief John Bridges puts it, it’s not always a good thing for his department to be busy. This Saturday, though, firefighters will busy themselves with the public as a number of centennial events for Portales begins. An open house is set to take place at the […]

Cannon growth plan implementation discussed

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A plan for how the community should respond to potential growth at Cannon Air Force Base was approved Monday morning at a joint meeting of the Local Growth Management Organization and Local Growth Management Committee at Clovis City Hall. Members also agreed to discuss implementation further and to consult […]

Obama plan aids disabled retirees

By Tom Philpott: Syndicated columnist As reported here last week, President Obama has asked Congress to phase in “concurrent receipt” for all Chapter 61 retirees — those who received a disability retirement from the Department of Defense. This week we explain more details of the plan which, if enacted, would boost pay for 103,000 veterans […]

New ENMU athletic director emphasizes need for strategic plan

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Before he begins to work on reviving Eastern new Mexico University’s lagging sports programs on June 15 — his official start date — new Athletic Director Jeff Geiser has another pressing bit of business. “First thing I’m going to do is go to the bookstore and buy some (Greyhounds […]

Jennyslippers plan bazaar

PNT Staff Report Jennyslippers, the Women’s Associates of the Chamber of Commerce in Muleshoe, is taking applications for booth space at their annual Arts and Crafts Bazaar. The bazaar is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Bailey County Civic Center, located at 2200 W. American Blvd. in Muleshoe. Admission is […]

Clinton’s plan for greenhouse gases long shot

Freedom New Mexico At this week’s Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton assured 16 developed and developing nations that the U.S. will provide “political leadership necessary to achieve a successful outcome” at December’s U.N. climate conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. Perhaps as a token of sincerity, she also apologized for […]

Bracing for growth

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By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The communities in Curry and Roosevelt counties are well positioned to take on growth, but will need to expand in health care, education and housing sectors, according to planners. Albuquerque-based Keystone International consultants are finishing the Local Growth Management Plan, which the Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment […]

Council will consider greenery for entry points, courthouse

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The comprehensive plan for the Portales downtown area includes greenery around the Roosevelt County Courthouse and gateway structures at key points. At the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday in City Hall, Lee D. Einsweiler of Code Studio design company from Austin, Texas, presented the comprehensive plan. Einsweiler suggested five […]

Lujan economic recovery tour stops in Clovis

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan told Clovis and Curry County officials Thursday that a $787 billion federal stimulus plan would bring help to ailing infrastructure and financially struggling American’s through credits, community improvement and growth and tax credits. Lujan, D-N.M., visited the area Thursday — meeting with community and […]